Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
In a Thursday interview with Cowherd reported in the Detroit News, Rich Rod states that Jim Tressel did not use negative recruiting against UM. Relevant quote:
"In my experience in three years of recruiting against them we didn't sense that, hey, Ohio State is one of these schools that are on the edge," Rodriguez said. "There were others we thought were doing that."
Cowherd pressed Rodriguez to identify those schools.
"You're putting me on the spot," Rodriguez said, chuckling. "I think some of them are getting looked at right now. So that will come out here pretty soon."
so much for those redactions:
Apparently, the obnoxious osu fans have so insulted and harrased one of their own, Herbstreit, that he just moved his family out of Columbus. http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2011/03/11/rumblings-3-11-art-gl0bu32m-1.html
This is not only further evidence that osu fans are douchebags (like we need any more), but that Rome is falling. First, Tat-5, then Tresselgate, and now they've run their favorite son out of town for being "fair and objective."
Unless some federal law enforcement agency comes forward and says that they told Tressel and osu to keep Tat-5 "confidential," which seems really unlikely but possible, I think that Tressel forwarded those emails and the whole osu house is going to come crumbling down.
For once, it's nice to live in Columbus. I get to watch the carnage first-hand.
Oh yeah, in other TT news, osu reversed its original position on suspending Tressel for spring and summer ball. Whatever carless lawyer drafted their initial statement is now fired.
I just hope that Brady can capitalize on all of this self-implosion. Go Blue!
There's just a short list of visitors coming in this weekend so I'll just put it on the board for now. These are the guys I've confirmed so far, it could change.
- Wisconsin Rapids LB Vince Biegel (6'3", 210 lbs): Vince has a top three of Wisconsin, Michigan, and BYU. He'll visit Michigan this weekend then BYU and most likely make his decision after that trip.
- Warren Central DT Sheldon Day (6'2", 268 lbs): Offers from Arkansas, Iowa, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Penn State, and Virginia Tech to name a few. His film is here.
I tweeted this on Tuesday, but if you missed it Illinois OL Dan Voltz moved his visit date to March 24th.
Ohio QB Austin Appleby has moved his visit date to April 2nd so he can take in a spring practice.
It wasn't long ago that we when the boards were full of CC topics. Life being a Michigan fan was difficult.
Rich Rod - the offensive genius coach was struggling and drowning due to a miserable defense.
He got slapped by the NCAA for having students stretch an additional 15 minutes. The recruits were not coming and when they did come, they weren't ready and 'too young' for the Big Ten.
The Michigan fan base was divided and some thought the world would end if we didn't convince Jim Harbaugh to come to Ann Arbor. Brady Hoke was an after thought, almost a compromise in the eyes of some.
Fast forward to TT and seems that Lady Luck is smiling upon us again. There is hope due to a competent staff (Greg Mattison FTW). Brady Hoke has the enthusiasm of a college kid while recruiting (over 100 offers and we haven't even started spring practice) and now OSU is in the scrutiny of the NCAA. The dice just seems to be falling right.
I have a feeling this is the year when everything in the last three year changes. Fortune will look north again and little bro will taste defeat in football.
The wheel of fortune has turned again ... this time in our favor.
In thinking about our own situation with Stretch-gate, the concern about the NCAA hung over two recruiting periods. In this case, if the mentioned 8 month NCAA timeline holds (I don't know if this is valid, jsut mentioned), a ruling comes down Dec timeframe regarding the Vest. I guess the answer to the next question depends on how bullish you are on the outcome of the ruling, but would you want the NCAA to accelerate their investigation to get the penalty out there or have it finish past the NSD so there is still uncertainty?
If the sanctions would be severe, maybe it is better to have this wrap up early to give kids a chance to examine other options. If the NCAA will mess this up (unknown), then maybe having the issue hang over the program through NSD would be better.
Any thoughts here? I am a bit torn on the subject since it seems that OSU will keep the Vest regardless of the NCAA ruling based on their current posturing.